Avoid a digital Pearl Harbor
By having the Japanese run all your DoD networks.
SoftBank's Japanese 5G network has been awarded "clean status" by the US government. Introduced earlier this month by the State Department, the Clean Network programme is an attempt to protect American technological interests by limiting the usage of equipment and software from vendors perceived to have ties to unfriendly …
You couldn't really make this stuff up: "Clean Cloud", "Clean Network", etc As if personal data breaches aren't a daily occurrence on the interadnet!
And it's not as if the Japanese were ever going to use Chinese networking gear in their networks anyway.
Why would SoftBank Japan give a flying f*** if their network meets some protectionist US standard or not? To be clear, the network in question is in Japan, and Softbank does not have any network in the US (i.e. no US presence for nutjob Trump to use as leverage.) I'm just honestly wondering what the point is of letting the state dept. sniff around your in-no-way-US-based network to begin with.
Equally, if Softbank decided to realise their investments in those US companies and start selling their stake, company values would slide. Maybe the Chinese would take a stake......
Still not sure what the US is doing poking its nose into a Japanese company. At the moment the US is in meltdown and they would do far better addressing their own problems instead of interfering in other peoples. One can only hope that a change of president might improve things but I think that may be over optimistic. There are so many entrenched views in the establishment I am not sure there are any easy solutions.
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